Winter in New Hampshire is magical! Whether you are cozying up by a fire sipping hot chocolate or wine, or are enjoying the great outdoors, there is something for everyone in New Hampshire during the winter months. Below you will find the top indoor and outdoor adventures in New Hampshire.

Couple smiling at each other in New Hampshire in winter

Things to do Outdoors in New Hampshire in the Winter

We are often asked, “How cold does it get in the winter?” The average temperature from November – February is the mid to low 30s whereas at night it can drop into the teens and we average 45″ of snow each year. New Hampshire is a winter wonderland and the outdoor adventures are many.

Hit the Slopes Skiing and Snowboarding in the White Mountains

Couple Snowboarding in New Hampshire - Ski Slopes

New Hampshire is a winter wonderland, offering an array of ski resorts that are conveniently located just 30 minutes to an hour away from our inn. When you book your New England ski adventure with us, you’re not just getting a room; you’re getting an experience. Enjoy our competitively priced winter rates, cozy and inviting rooms, and a lively on-site restaurant and bar that serves as the perfect setting for your après-ski activities.

Innkeeper’s Pick: Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock is our top recommendation for several reasons, besides our exclusive discount:

  • Proximity: Being just 24 miles away, it’s one of the closest ski resorts, making your drive short and sweet.
  • Versatility: Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Gunstock offers a range of slopes to suit all skill levels.
  • Night Skiing: Extend your fun on the slopes with their night skiing options.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts:

  • Waterville Valley: 25 miles away
  • Ragged Mountain: 27 miles away
  • Loon Mountain: 30 miles away
  • Canon Mountain: 37 miles away

If you have specific skiing or snowboarding preferences, our knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you find the resort that’s just right for you.

Try Nordic or Cross Country Skiing on and Around Squam Lake

Cross Country Skiing in New Hampshire

There is nothing more fun than strapping on your skis, grabbing your poles and taking in the beauty of New Hampshire while cross country skiing.Enjoy a killer workout, stunning views, work up an appetite then join us back at the Inn Kitchen + Bar.

Experience the Beauty and Fun of the Ice Castles

Ice Castles in New Hampshire in Winter*Photo Provided by Ice Castles

There is nothing more beautiful than the New Hampshire Ice Castles! Bundle up and explore the stunningly beautiful castles and mark this one off your bucket list. The Ice Castles are located in North Woodstock, which is only about 30 minutes from Squam Lake Inn.

  • Ice slides
  • Mystic forest light walk – a quarter-mile illuminated walking path
  • Snow tubing
  • Crawl tunnels
  • Sleigh rides
  • Book a VIP experience for the perfect proposal or special occasion

Ticket sales open in January and you will want to book early online so you can get a coveted ticket.

Enjoy a Winter Hike on Squam

Hiking Squam Lake - Couple bundled up

Take in the serenity and beauty of Squam Lake with a winter hike. Bundle up as you embark on a winter wonderland adventure. We can guide you to the best places for your skill level to ensure a fun hike.

Feast Your Eyes on 3.5 Million Lights at the Gift of Lights

Holiday Lights in New Hampshire - Beautiful Christmas Lights

*Photo Provided by Motor Speedway

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway located in Loudon, NH (40 minutes from Squam Lake Inn) gets decorated with 3.5 million LED lights for your viewing pleasure. Guests can enjoy the sights from November 25th through January 2nd. Pack some hot cocoa, turn on the Christmas music and enjoy a sparkly 2.5 mile drive that is absolutely stunning.

Try Your Hand at Ice Skating on White Oak PondNew Hampshire Lake Frozen in Winter

Bring or rent some ice skates and test out your ice skating skills on White Oak Pond, which is only a 3 minute drive from the inn. Enjoy an afternoon out, feel the brisk air in your face, then come back to the inn to warm up and enjoy great food and drink.

Things to do Indoors in New Hampshire in the Winter

Complete Your Holiday Shopping

Christmas Shopping in New Hampshire - Woman Happy Shopping with Bags

Enjoy a New Hampshire getaway and get your holiday shopping done at the same time. We have incredible local boutique shops filled with unique gifts, which are perfect for those that have everything.

  • Shop at local boutiques near the inn.
  • Venture to the Tanger Outlets in Tilton which offers 50 outlet shops.
  • Drive to North Conway which has outlets too, as well as any store you could possibly need.

Enjoy the Inn Kitchen + Bar Seasonal Menu

New Hampshire Restaurant Holderness Squam Lake - People Dining

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, even better food, on point drinks and an overall fun time at the Inn Kitchen + Bar. After a day of winter adventures in New Hampshire, head back to your room and clean up for dinner. We use the freshest ingredients and create incredible seasonal dishes you don’t want to miss! Skip the line and book a reservation online.

  • Hot Tip: Don’t forget to try our world-famous ice cream sandwiches and also watch out for the popular wine dinners as they book up fast!

Enjoy the Best Beer Tasting in New Hampshire

Beer Tasting and Breweries in New Hampshire - Beer Flight

Beer lovers love New Hampshire! Guests can enjoy beer flights at the Inn Kitchen + Bar or by heading to a nearby brewery for tastings and live music. There is nothing better than a cold seasonal brew. Below are some of our nearby favorite breweries.

  • Twin Barns – Meredith, NH
  • Schillings – Littleton, NH
  • Kettlehead – Tilton, NH
  • White Mountain Brewery – Ashland, NH
  • Hobbs Brewery – Ossipee, NH

And many more! Whether you are into ale, IPA, brown, hefeweizen or stout, we have a brewery nearby that is perfect for you.

Ride the Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Railroad - Fall and Winter Railroad rides in NH

If you are making your way to New Hampshire in October and November you are in luck! The Conway Scenic Railroad offers rides through the stunning Mount Washington Valley and Crawford Notch. This is an experience like no other and offers you a glimpse at surroundings you would never have a chance to see. You can book your tickets online and enjoy a day trip like no other.

Cozy Up By the Fire in a Romantic Room

Squam Lake Beautiful Cozy Room in Winter with a Fire

Your perfect New Hampshire winter getaway is complete with a stay at the top-rated Squam Lake Inn. We offer 10 cozy traditional and deluxe rooms – all with private baths, incredible breakfast, Wi-Fi and more. Join us for your New Hampshire winter getaway of a lifetime.

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